'Grey's Anatomy' recap: Seattle Grace Mercy Death
We pick up exactly where last week left off, all fire and wreckage and blood and people strewn about the forest. The plane broke into pieces as it crashed so when Mere comes to, the only people she knows have made it are Cristina, Mark, the plane's pilot Jerry, and Arizona, who is in some massive shock and realizes that her bone is sticking out through her leg. Jerry is pinned to his seat and can't feel his legs, so the two become disaster buddies in a sense since they aren't going anywhere while the others go off to search for Derek and Lexie. After hearing he was sucked out of the plane as they hit the trees, Mere goes to look for Derek while Cristina and Mark follow a rhythmic clanging sound to find Lexie trapped under the back section of the plane in seriously, utterly horrible shape. Cristina's shoulder is dislocated so she has Mark pop it back into place and then they try to move the wreckage to free Lexie, but they can't budge it. She has Lexie give the rundown of her symptoms which are bad, worse, and devastating, and both women seem to know that this likely isn't going to end well. But Cristina goes to get supplies, and while she's gone Mark and Lexie have a tragically sad scene together where she tells him to tell Meredith how much she loved her, and he tells Lexie that he truly loves her and always has. He tells her that she can't die because they are going to have an amazing life and family together, and she smiles at the thought, and then... she dies. And guys, I am so cynical about this overblown ridiculous storyline and yet I totally shed some tears.
Derek did survive the crash but he somehow got his hand stuck in a piece of plane and to get himself out, has to use a rock to literally smash his hand back through the hole in which it was stuck. Meredith can't find him so she goes back to Mark and Cristina, and completely breaks down when she learns her sister just died. Eventually, Derek shows up and faints upon seeing the girls. When he comes to, they have to create a tourniquet and safety pin his skin back together which is completely gross, but eventually he seems stable enough. Cristina gets mad about Mark just sitting in misery, holding Lexie's hand, but when she goes to yell at him to pull himself together he passes out and she realizes he has a massive chest injury and there is likely blood pooling in his heart. They have to figure out how to use the tube from a bottle of hairspray to get the blood out of his chest before it kills him; they do, but he's still doing fairly awful. By the time everyone gathers at the plane to wait for help he almost gives up but Arizona pleads with him to hold on and come home to Callie and Sofia. But when will they get home? We don't know, and won't know until September because the flare gun was broken in the crash, so when a helicopter flies overhead they are unable to signal where they are and it flies away when it doesn't see anything through the trees.
Somehow, the docs back at the hospital never realize that they are missing because Owen is busy with some big trauma coming in and he tells someone to send all of his calls straight to voicemail. And lord knows there is no other phone line or way of possibly communicating with anyone else at the hospital when a planeful of surgeons fails to show up at its destination. He and Teddy work together all day and he finds out by accident that she's been offered an amazing job basically running all of the Army's surgical operations in the US and Europe. He's pissed that she didn't tell him, and pissed at the idea that he's losing another surgeon, and then even more pissed when she tells him that she isn't going to take it. She explains that while she'd love to leave Seattle and Henry's ghost, Owen was an amazing friend and took all of her **** for months, and now that he's losing the love of his life and things are falling apart she won't leave him there. So later, Owen calls her into his not-office and fires her to force her to take it. She thinks he's kidding but he's totally not, and reads her the riot act for how disruptive and ****ty she's been for months. She storms out, but then comes back and the two hug and cry and she orders him to fight for Cristina with everything he's got.